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"Blackened Sponge" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 5. In this episode, SpongeBob gives himself a black eye, and tells tall tales over how he got it to try to look tough and avoid being embarrassed.



SpongeBob hitting himself in the eye with a monkey wrench, thus giving him a black eye afterwards.

As the episode begins, SpongeBob has a dream where he has to save someone from being tied up on railroad tracks while being muscular with a tan shirt. until he encounters a fish named Jack M. Crazyfish. They play rock-paper-scissors and SpongeBob wins, but Jack M. Crazyfish cheats and they have an argument. SpongeBob wakes up and realizes that it was just a nightmare. His dreams disturb Gary's sleep all night. When SpongeBob goes to his bathroom to brush his teeth, he cannot open his toothpaste, so he uses a wrench to open it. However, he accidentally gets the wrench stuck in his eyelid and gets a hideous black eye from the accident. When he tells how he got it to Gary, it causes Gary to snicker and leave him, so he vows not to tell anyone to avoid being laughed at and humiliated.

Jack M. Crazyfish

Whenever people notice SpongeBob's black eye, he lies and tells them that he was fighting Jack M. Crazyfish, and he got the black eye from doing that. Later, at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob is suspicious when one of the customers describes Jack M. Crazyfish fluently; soon after, Jack M. Crazyfish arrives at the Krusty Krab, revealing he was real all along, and says he is looking for SpongeBob, the customers telling Crazyfish the story SpongeBob said. SpongeBob is very afraid and wants to tell him the truth, so he goes back home and gets the wrench and the toothpaste.

SpongeBob demonstrates to Jack M. Crazyfish what really happened to him. SpongeBob gets a second black eye in the process. Jack M. Crazyfish tells him that he came to the Krusty Krab because he heard that SpongeBob makes great Krabby Patties, and he is hungry for one.

SpongeBob then serves him Krabby Patties, but because he has two black eyes, he cannot see very well. The patties then start flying toward Jack M. Crazyfish. Jack M. Crazyfish loses his temper and challenges SpongeBob to a game of rock-paper-scissors. SpongeBob wins the first time, but doesn't realize that Jack M. Crazyfish had cheated, and SpongeBob yells "NO!" at the end of the episode.

Running gags

  • SpongeBob telling false stories about a fight with Jack M. Crazyfish.
  • Jack M. Crazyfish cheating at rock-paper-scissors.




 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Wahini Wobble Faster - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  Galloping Gertie - Sam Fonteyn [opening]
  Dirty Work At The Crossroads - Sam Fonteyn [woman tied to railroad tracks]
  Rescued - Keith Nichols ["There, there, you're safe now."]
  Villains and Vampires (A) - Sam Fonteyn [Jack M. Crazyfish]
  Runaway Piano - Trevor Bastow [rock-paper-scissors]
  Spot 1 - Trevor Bastow [train approaching]
  Goofy Conversation 2 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob wakes up]
  Editor's Falling Over (C) - Dick Stephen Walter [toothpaste cap flies everywhere]
  Editor's Falling Over (F) - Dick Stephen Walter [Cap hits SpongeBob in his eye]
  Editor's Falling Over (A) - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob falls over backwards]
  Steel Licks 5 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob looks in the mirror]
  Editor's Falling Over (G) - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob slips on the toothpaste cap]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill [SpongeBob with a black eye]
  Mission Improbable - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [SpongeBob wearing sunglasses]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [Patrick appears]
  Steel Licks 1 - Jeremy Wakefield ["SpongeBob, your eye!"]
  The Stalking - Trevor Bastow [SpongeBob imaginating Jack M. Crazyfish]
  Harp! - Nicolas Carr ["Jack M. Crazyfish!"]
  Blood In The Gutter - Laurie Johnson [SpongeBob says he beat up Crazyfish]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["That is exactly what I mean, Patrick!"]
  Steel Licks 10 - Jeremy Wakefield ["There goes a real hero."]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr ["What the...?"]
  American Odyssey 29 (B) - Graham D.H. Preskett [sea cow crossing]
  Steel Licks 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Sandy sees SpongeBob's black eye]
  Tomfoolery - David Snell [SpongeBob says he got it in a fight]
  Dramatic Impact (6) - Ivor Slaney ["He was the notorious outlaw, Jack M. Crazyfish!"]
  Sneaky Panther Pants - Nicolas Carr ["I was walking home from work, alone, when all of a sudden..."]
  Towerstreet 17 [#4] - Gerhard Narholz ["...Crazyfish sprung up out of nowhere!"]
  West Point - Larry Hochman ["He ran all the way home, leaving behind a pool of tears."]
  Witty Fellow - Gerhard Trede [straw jabs SpongeBob in the eye]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["Adios!"]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [exterior of Krusty Krab]
  The Mob - Sam Spence [SpongeBob enters]
  Moving Target - Dick Stephen Walter ["I'm talking to you, Grandma!"]
  Unease - Dick Stephen Walter ["Now I suppose you're wondering how I got this black eye."]
  Man from the Ministry [#73] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["...a shining trophy of my glorious triumph over the forces of evil."]
  12th Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob begins his story]
  Dr. Death - Trevor Bastow ["...when a wanted cry of distress pounded against my eardrum."/SpongeBob finishes the story]
  Steel Licks 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [after SpongeBob's story]
  ? Vibes - Nicolas Carr ["Wait a second."]
  Dramatic Impact (1) - Ivor Slaney [Crazyfish enters Krusty Krab]
  Fates [#62.02] - Gregor F. Narholz ["Mr. Crazyfish, please don't skin me alive!"]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob showing how he got the black eye]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield [Crazyfish just wanted a Krabby Patty]
  The Tip Top Polka/The Cliff Polka - Chelmsford Folk Band [SpongeBob serving Crazyfish]
  Captain Lenoe's - The Folk Players [ending]



  • "Blackened Sponge" was ranked #58 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



  • When SpongeBob throws some things on Gary, he throws the shirt with the inscription "I'm with stupid," which is a reference to the episode of the same name.
  • SpongeBob tells Patrick that Jack M. Crazyfish is about 60 feet tall. 60 feet would be about 4-6 stories high, or the length of a bowling lane. This is ironic considering he throws a bowling pin at SpongeBob.
  • Manatees, also known as sea cows, make their only appearance in this episode.
  • Technically, in a way, there is such a thing as a pain gland called nerves.
  • SpongeBob tells Sandy he got the black eye in a fight with Jack M. Crazyfish. However, when he tells the story, he says that he got the black eye by "miscalculating the trajectory of the cup, and the straw jabbing him in the eye," and that does not involve Jack M. Crazyfish.
  • Frank says to SpongeBob that sponges do not have eardrums, but in "The Inside Job," SpongeBob has an eardrum.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of SpongeBob's wringer. The previous appearance is "Suds."
  • This is the only season 5 episode where the track "The Mob" plays.
  • This was the final episode to use the soundtrack "Mission Improbable" this season before season 6.
  • This was Greg Miller's only episode as a writer and storyboard director.
  • In the Welsh dub, this episode is called "Llygad Ddu," which translates to "black eye."
  • In the Indonesian Dub, the scene where Gary tries to restrain from laughing at SpongeBob's black eye was cut from the episode.
  • In the Russian dub, this episode is titled "Губка с подбитым глазом," which translates to "Sponge with a Blackened Eye."
  • This was the last episode to play the different arrangement of "12th Street Rag" until "Burst Your Bubble."
  • On the November 6, 2009 airing, this episode was paired with "Tentacle-Vision."[2]

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob's dream is a reference to an archetypal western.
  • SpongeBob uses Krust toothpaste, which is a parody of the real-life toothpaste brand Crest.
  • SpongeBob's glasses which he uses as a disguise might be a reference to Emma, the protagonist of the cartoon Four Eyes!, whose glasses and hairstyle resemble the glasses SpongeBob wears.


  • SpongeBob's alarm clock goes off at a lower pitch than usual in this episode.
  • When SpongeBob is talking to Gary and says, "No, no, Tuesday night was the one with the 30-foot librarian," one of his white teeth turn yellow for a split-second.
  • In SpongeBob's bathroom, when he turns muscular and tries to open the toothpaste, the bubbles by his hand stop moving for a moment.
  • The music when SpongeBob tries to open the toothpaste is not the usual Hawaiian guitar, but has a harpsichord, and a bassoon.
  • When SpongeBob looks at himself through the mirror after getting hit in the eye with the toothpaste cap, the wrench is in his left hand. But when he slips on the cap and hits one of his eyes with the wrench, it's in his right hand.
  • When SpongeBob says, "Oh I mean I..." and Patrick says, "I know what you mean," there appears to be a few frames of animation cut with Patrick's expression suddenly changing, which implies there may have been a deleted scene animated, but was removed in the final cut.
  • Sandy refers to the manatees as "fishies," but in reality, they are mammals.
  • When SpongeBob says, "Hi Sandy," part of his white shirt is black.
  • In the scene where Jack M. Crazyfish throws a tire at SpongeBob, they are on a sidewalk. Shortly after when Jack M. Crazyfish runs away crying, the sidewalk disappears.

The anchor of the Krusty Krab employee hat is gone.

  • When SpongeBob tells his story to Sandy, in the prologue, SpongeBob does not have a hat on. However, when Jack M. Crazyfish ran all the way home leaving behind a pool of tears, SpongeBob is wearing his Krusty Krab employee hat, but there is no anchor on that hat. When SpongeBob drinks the tears, he does not have a hat on again.

The Krusty Krab sign is misspelled as Krysty Krab, and it looks darker than usual.

  • When a close-up of the clam sign is shown, the Krusty Krab sign is misspelled as "Krysty Krab." Also, the y is backwards.
    • The Krusty Krab sign also looks darker than usual.
  • When Frankie Billy first appears and Mr. Krabs comments about how late SpongeBob is, he is in his normal color scheme, but when SpongeBob walks past him and Evelyn Annette, Frankie Billy has a different color scheme similar to Ivy.
  • During the telling of his story in the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob says, "I emerged from my fruit-shaped bungalow fresh as a bee...," but in numerous episodes, his house has more than one floor, so it cannot be considered a bungalow.
  • When SpongeBob spilled mustard on Jack M. Crazyfish's shirt, the mustard was still there. After they were playing rock-paper-scissors, the mustard is gone.
  • In the Welsh dub, Luke Brookshier, Tom King, and Steven Banks are all listed as writers of this episode, even though none of them wrote this episode. Brookshier and King are also erroneously listed as storyboard directors.[3]
  • In the Filipino dub, Gary does not make a sound in the entire episode.